Period
to 22 September 2020

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft over the 6 months to 22 September 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are not representative of contractor rates within the Microsoft Corporation.

Microsoft
England > London
6 months to
22 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 14 12 12
Rank change year-on-year -2 0 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 1,307 3,988 4,522
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 9.77% 10.43% 9.94%
As % of the Vendors category 23.71% 25.93% 25.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 947 2,860 3,219
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £233 £185 £178
90th Percentile £671 £650 £638
England median daily rate £435 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +2.35% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 117 135
Median hourly rate £23.67 £20.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.35% +5.26% -
10th Percentile £12.74 £12.04 £13.00
90th Percentile £41.95 £52.05 £35.00
England median hourly rate £17.75 £16.50 £15.86
% change year-on-year +7.58% +4.04% +2.32%

Microsoft is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services advertised in London.

All Vendors
London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 5,513 15,379 18,070
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 41.22% 40.21% 39.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,543 10,340 12,242
Median daily rate £500 £500 £500
10th Percentile £305 £285 £263
90th Percentile £725 £675 £663
England median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 82 269 302
Median hourly rate £35.00 £21.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +66.67% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £15.00 £12.49 £13.00
90th Percentile £51.61 £56.15 £47.21
Median hourly rate £32.50 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +62.50% +14.29% -

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings citing Microsoft as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in London.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft in London over the 6 months to 22 September 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in London.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft in London over the 6 months to 22 September 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the London region over the 6 months to 22 September 2020. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Central London -2 245 £475 +5.56% 134
West London +1 52 £388 +3.33% 47
South London -1 17 £300 -7.69% 8
East London +7 15 £353 -29.50% 35
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 22 September 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the London region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 602 (46.06%) Azure
2 342 (26.17%) Windows
3 312 (23.87%) Finance
4 311 (23.79%) Agile Software Development
5 293 (22.42%) Active Directory
6 274 (20.96%) SQL
7 244 (18.67%) Office 365
8 228 (17.44%) DevOps
9 224 (17.14%) SQL Server
10 205 (15.68%) Business Intelligence
11 195 (14.92%) Analytical Skills
12 190 (14.54%) C#
13 188 (14.38%) Migration
14 186 (14.23%) .NET
15 184 (14.08%) Microsoft Excel
16 183 (14.00%) Power Platform
17 174 (13.31%) Security Cleared
18 158 (12.09%) Microsoft Office
19 153 (11.71%) Problem-Solving
20 151 (11.55%) SharePoint
21 150 (11.48%) Public Sector
22 147 (11.25%) SC Cleared
23 145 (11.09%) Power BI
24 143 (10.94%) PowerShell
25 131 (10.02%) Windows 10
26 130 (9.95%) Python
27 128 (9.79%) AWS
28 127 (9.72%) Scrum
29 122 (9.33%) Analytics
30 121 (9.26%) VMware

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in London by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 151 (11.55%) SharePoint
2 60 (4.59%) Skype for Business
3 47 (3.60%) MS Exchange
4 44 (3.37%) Confluence
5 37 (2.83%) IIS
6 19 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2010
7 17 (1.30%) CMS
8 15 (1.15%) BizTalk Server
9 14 (1.07%) Apache
9 14 (1.07%) Apache Spark
10 13 (0.99%) SharePoint 2013
11 8 (0.61%) Tomcat
12 7 (0.54%) Elasticsearch
12 7 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2013
12 7 (0.54%) Moodle
13 6 (0.46%) Jetty
13 6 (0.46%) nginx
14 5 (0.38%) Apache Solr
14 5 (0.38%) SAS
14 5 (0.38%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 184 (14.08%) Microsoft Excel
2 158 (12.09%) Microsoft Office
3 51 (3.90%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 35 (2.68%) MS Visio
5 30 (2.30%) Microsoft Project
6 9 (0.69%) Photoshop
7 8 (0.61%) Camtasia
7 8 (0.61%) Spreadsheet
8 4 (0.31%) Figma
9 3 (0.23%) Chatbot
9 3 (0.23%) LibreOffice
10 2 (0.15%) Acrobat
10 2 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 2 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
10 2 (0.15%) InDesign
11 1 (0.077%) Blender
11 1 (0.077%) InfoPath
11 1 (0.077%) Snagit
11 1 (0.077%) Stata
Business Applications
1 65 (4.97%) Dynamics CRM
2 27 (2.07%) Dynamics AX
3 14 (1.07%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.31%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 4 (0.31%) Workfront
5 3 (0.23%) SAP ERP
6 2 (0.15%) Primavera
6 2 (0.15%) SAP S/4HANA
6 2 (0.15%) Sentinel
7 1 (0.077%) Elite 3E
7 1 (0.077%) Maximo
7 1 (0.077%) Oracle Financials
7 1 (0.077%) Oracle Internet Expenses
7 1 (0.077%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 1 (0.077%) PeopleSoft HCM
7 1 (0.077%) PeopleSoft HRMS
7 1 (0.077%) Raiser's Edge
7 1 (0.077%) ReMetrica
7 1 (0.077%) RMDS
7 1 (0.077%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 602 (46.06%) Azure
2 244 (18.67%) Office 365
3 183 (14.00%) Power Platform
4 128 (9.79%) AWS
5 98 (7.50%) Dynamics 365
6 93 (7.12%) Azure Active Directory
7 65 (4.97%) Serverless
8 64 (4.90%) PaaS
9 62 (4.74%) IaaS
10 61 (4.67%) SaaS
11 45 (3.44%) PowerApps
12 43 (3.29%) Azure Data Factory
13 40 (3.06%) OneDrive
14 39 (2.98%) GCP
15 38 (2.91%) Azure Functions
16 30 (2.30%) Power Automate
17 28 (2.14%) GitHub
18 24 (1.84%) Logic Apps
19 22 (1.68%) AWS Lambda
20 20 (1.53%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 87 (6.66%) DNS
2 71 (5.43%) Firewall
3 70 (5.36%) Skype
4 42 (3.21%) VPN
5 39 (2.98%) DHCP
6 35 (2.68%) TCP/IP
7 29 (2.22%) LAN
8 25 (1.91%) SAN
9 22 (1.68%) WAN
10 19 (1.45%) Wi-Fi
11 17 (1.30%) Internet
11 17 (1.30%) VoIP
12 16 (1.22%) Kerberos
13 15 (1.15%) VLAN
14 14 (1.07%) Intranet
15 11 (0.84%) iSCSI
15 11 (0.84%) Network Security
15 11 (0.84%) Unified Communications
15 11 (0.84%) WLAN
16 10 (0.77%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 224 (17.14%) SQL Server
2 145 (11.09%) Power BI
3 100 (7.65%) Data Warehouse
4 63 (4.82%) Data Lake
5 62 (4.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 56 (4.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 55 (4.21%) Big Data
8 45 (3.44%) Azure SQL Database
9 40 (3.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 39 (2.98%) Relational Database
11 26 (1.99%) Cosmos DB
11 26 (1.99%) MongoDB
11 26 (1.99%) MySQL
12 25 (1.91%) Hadoop
13 23 (1.76%) PostgreSQL
14 22 (1.68%) NoSQL
15 21 (1.61%) SQL Server 2017
16 19 (1.45%) Microsoft Analysis Services
17 14 (1.07%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
17 14 (1.07%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 121 (9.26%) Git (software)
2 79 (6.04%) Jenkins
3 71 (5.43%) JIRA
4 49 (3.75%) Visual Studio Team System
5 36 (2.75%) GitLab
6 33 (2.52%) Team Foundation Server
7 32 (2.45%) Visual Studio
8 27 (2.07%) Selenium
9 25 (1.91%) Subversion
10 24 (1.84%) TeamCity
11 22 (1.68%) Sonatype Nexus
12 18 (1.38%) SonarQube
13 16 (1.22%) Artifactory
13 16 (1.22%) Octopus Deploy
14 14 (1.07%) Maven
15 11 (0.84%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 8 (0.61%) gulp
17 7 (0.54%) SpecFlow
18 6 (0.46%) Hudson
18 6 (0.46%) Moq
General
1 312 (23.87%) Finance
2 150 (11.48%) Public Sector
3 95 (7.27%) Banking
4 76 (5.81%) Marketing
5 40 (3.06%) Front Office
6 38 (2.91%) Manufacturing
6 38 (2.91%) Telecoms
7 31 (2.37%) Legal
8 29 (2.22%) Electronics
9 26 (1.99%) Retail
10 25 (1.91%) Investment Banking
11 24 (1.84%) Advertising
12 23 (1.76%) Publishing
13 21 (1.61%) Law
14 16 (1.22%) Financial Institution
14 16 (1.22%) Local Government
15 14 (1.07%) French Language
15 14 (1.07%) Pharmaceutical
16 10 (0.77%) German Language
17 9 (0.69%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 254 (19.43%) Developer
2 149 (11.40%) Architect
3 144 (11.02%) Analyst
4 96 (7.35%) Consultant
5 66 (5.05%) Azure Engineer
6 51 (3.90%) C# Developer
7 47 (3.60%) DevOps Engineer
8 45 (3.44%) Business Analyst
9 42 (3.21%) .NET Developer
9 42 (3.21%) Data Engineer
10 40 (3.06%) Azure Developer
10 40 (3.06%) Support Engineer
11 37 (2.83%) Business Intelligence Developer
12 33 (2.52%) Project Manager
13 30 (2.30%) Azure Architect
14 29 (2.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 28 (2.14%) Cloud Architect
15 28 (2.14%) Solutions Architect
16 27 (2.07%) Desktop Support
17 26 (1.99%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 186 (14.23%) .NET
2 67 (5.13%) HTML
3 53 (4.06%) AngularJS
4 47 (3.60%) Web Services
5 43 (3.29%) Kafka
6 41 (3.14%) .NET Core
6 41 (3.14%) React
7 39 (2.98%) HTML5
8 38 (2.91%) XML
9 36 (2.75%) CSS
10 34 (2.60%) .NET Framework
11 33 (2.52%) JSON
12 32 (2.45%) ASP.NET
13 29 (2.22%) REST
14 28 (2.14%) Node.js
14 28 (2.14%) Velocity
15 24 (1.84%) LDAP
16 20 (1.53%) ASP.NET Web API
17 18 (1.38%) jQuery
18 17 (1.30%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 195 (14.92%) Analytical Skills
2 65 (4.97%) Management Information System
3 54 (4.13%) Data Centre
4 35 (2.68%) NHS
5 33 (2.52%) User Experience
6 29 (2.22%) Fixed Income
6 29 (2.22%) Hybrid Cloud
6 29 (2.22%) Private Cloud
7 27 (2.07%) Public Cloud
8 25 (1.91%) Derivative
9 23 (1.76%) Greenfield Project
10 21 (1.61%) Hedge funds
10 21 (1.61%) Self-Motivation
11 19 (1.45%) Clustering
12 18 (1.38%) Blackberry
13 17 (1.30%) Cloud Native
14 16 (1.22%) PKI
15 15 (1.15%) Enterprise Software
15 15 (1.15%) Mobile App
15 15 (1.15%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 342 (26.17%) Windows
2 131 (10.02%) Windows 10
3 106 (8.11%) Windows Server
4 100 (7.65%) Linux
5 70 (5.36%) Windows 7
6 52 (3.98%) Windows Server 2012
7 49 (3.75%) Windows Server 2016
8 40 (3.06%) Windows Server 2008
9 33 (2.52%) Apple iOS
10 29 (2.22%) Unix
11 28 (2.14%) Windows Server 2019
12 25 (1.91%) Android
13 22 (1.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 14 (1.07%) VMS
15 13 (0.99%) Windows Mobile
16 12 (0.92%) Solaris
17 11 (0.84%) Ubuntu
18 9 (0.69%) Windows 8
19 8 (0.61%) Debian
19 8 (0.61%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 311 (23.79%) Agile Software Development
2 228 (17.44%) DevOps
3 205 (15.68%) Business Intelligence
4 188 (14.38%) Migration
5 153 (11.71%) Problem-Solving
6 127 (9.72%) Scrum
7 122 (9.33%) Analytics
8 86 (6.58%) Project Delivery
9 85 (6.50%) ITIL
10 83 (6.35%) CRM
11 81 (6.20%) Project Management
12 79 (6.04%) Change Management
12 79 (6.04%) Microservices
13 78 (5.97%) Decision-Making
14 72 (5.51%) Risk Management
15 68 (5.20%) Data Modelling
16 62 (4.74%) Data Management
17 61 (4.67%) Data Analysis
17 61 (4.67%) Test Automation
18 59 (4.51%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 274 (20.96%) SQL
2 190 (14.54%) C#
3 143 (10.94%) PowerShell
4 130 (9.95%) Python
5 91 (6.96%) JavaScript
6 80 (6.12%) Java
7 60 (4.59%) T-SQL
8 35 (2.68%) VBA
9 29 (2.22%) R
10 26 (1.99%) VB
11 25 (1.91%) Bash Shell
12 23 (1.76%) VBScript
13 20 (1.53%) TypeScript
14 18 (1.38%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 17 (1.30%) C++
15 17 (1.30%) Perl
16 16 (1.22%) Scala
17 14 (1.07%) C
17 14 (1.07%) Shell Script
17 14 (1.07%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 174 (13.31%) Security Cleared
2 147 (11.25%) SC Cleared
3 69 (5.28%) Degree
4 43 (3.29%) DV Cleared
5 39 (2.98%) Microsoft Certification
6 24 (1.84%) CISSP
7 22 (1.68%) Cisco Certification
7 22 (1.68%) Master's Degree
8 17 (1.30%) MCSE
9 16 (1.22%) ISEB
10 14 (1.07%) CCNA
11 13 (0.99%) BPSS Clearance
12 10 (0.77%) PMI Certification
13 9 (0.69%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 9 (0.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 8 (0.61%) CISM
14 8 (0.61%) Computer Science Degree
14 8 (0.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 8 (0.61%) ITIL Certification
14 8 (0.61%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (3.29%) QA
2 27 (2.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 22 (1.68%) Data Quality
4 20 (1.53%) GDPR
5 19 (1.45%) SLA
6 18 (1.38%) PMO
7 12 (0.92%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 8 (0.61%) COBIT
8 8 (0.61%) PCI DSS
9 7 (0.54%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 4 (0.31%) MiFID
10 4 (0.31%) NIST
11 3 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
11 3 (0.23%) Government Security Classifications
11 3 (0.23%) HIPAA
11 3 (0.23%) ISO 9001
11 3 (0.23%) RMADS
12 2 (0.15%) GMP
12 2 (0.15%) HL7
12 2 (0.15%) NCSC
System Software
1 293 (22.42%) Active Directory
2 96 (7.35%) Docker
3 94 (7.19%) VMware Infrastructure
4 28 (2.14%) Hyper-V
4 28 (2.14%) VMware ESXi
5 23 (1.76%) XenApp
6 16 (1.22%) Virtual Machines
7 15 (1.15%) XenDesktop
8 13 (0.99%) Virtual Desktop
9 11 (0.84%) Microsoft App-V
10 9 (0.69%) vSphere
11 7 (0.54%) VMware NSX
12 4 (0.31%) BitLocker
12 4 (0.31%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 4 (0.31%) NFS
13 2 (0.15%) DFS Replication
13 2 (0.15%) Xen
14 1 (0.077%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 1 (0.077%) Oracle RAC
14 1 (0.077%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 89 (6.81%) SCCM
2 64 (4.90%) Kubernetes
3 60 (4.59%) Terraform
4 57 (4.36%) Microsoft Intune
5 53 (4.06%) Ansible
6 22 (1.68%) Puppet
7 21 (1.61%) Single Sign-On
8 19 (1.45%) Opscode Chef
8 19 (1.45%) SCOM
9 14 (1.07%) Microsoft Clustering
10 13 (0.99%) WSUS
11 9 (0.69%) AirWatch
11 9 (0.69%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 9 (0.69%) Nagios
12 8 (0.61%) HP Quality Center
12 8 (0.61%) vMotion
13 7 (0.54%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 7 (0.54%) QRadar
14 6 (0.46%) Cisco CUCM
15 5 (0.38%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 121 (9.26%) VMware
2 92 (7.04%) Databricks
3 85 (6.50%) Oracle
4 78 (5.97%) Cisco
5 59 (4.51%) Citrix
6 51 (3.90%) SAP
7 37 (2.83%) Tableau
8 34 (2.60%) HP
9 33 (2.52%) Google
10 29 (2.22%) StreamSets
11 27 (2.07%) Red Hat
11 27 (2.07%) Splunk
12 22 (1.68%) Bloomberg
13 20 (1.53%) Sybase
14 17 (1.30%) NetApp
14 17 (1.30%) ServiceNow
15 16 (1.22%) EMC
16 14 (1.07%) Palo Alto
16 14 (1.07%) Salesforce.com
16 14 (1.07%) SolarWinds